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Sulaimani Forum

AUIS Hosts the 7th Sulaimani Forum 2023

  The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted the seventh Sulaimani Forum on March 15 and 16, 2023. Officials and thought leaders from around the world convened to discuss the most pressing policy challenges facing Iraq and the wider region. Forum speakers included Iraqi and Kurdish leaders such as AUIS Founder and former President of Iraq H.E. Dr. Barham Salih, the current Prime Minister of Iraq H.E. Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, Kurdistan Regional President H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, and KRG Deputy Prime Minister H.E Qubad Talabani, in addition to foreign leaders such as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Plasschaert, Special Advisor to the US President Terry A. Wolff, and the Former Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde. Researchers from across Iraq, the MENA region, and beyond participated in the discussion as speakers and panellists during the two-day event.   OVERVIEW OF THE AGENDA Day 1 (March 15, 2023) Keynote speeches and opening remarks from the Prime Minister of Iraq, Kurdistan Region President, and other officials and luminaries Geopolitics: Iraq, MENA, & the Changing Role of the International Community (Panel) Energy: Oil & Gas, Renewables, and Regional Dynamics (Panel) 20 Years Later: Reflections on Iraq’s Past, Present & Future (Panel) The Future of Aid in Iraq (Roundtable) Transnational Conflict Dynamics in the MENA Region (Roundtable) Day 2 (March 16, 2023) Economic Policy: The Dinar & the Challenge of Growth (Panel) Governance: Corruption & Barriers to Reform (Panel) Environment: Climate Change, Water, and Conflict (Panel) Security: Conflict & Stabilization in Iraq and the Region (Panel) War, Environment & Medicine: Challenges in Environmental & Health Policy (Roundtable) Iraq Economic Review: What to Expect in 2023 and Beyond (Roundtable) Five Years after ISIS: Return, Reintegration and Rebuilding Communities (Roundtable) Important Links Video: All panels were televised and recorded; complete videos of Day 1 panels can be viewed here, and Day 2 panels can be viewed here. Roundtables were closed events for specialists; contact IRIS for more details. Full Agenda: To view a more detailed agenda and a list of speakers for each of the panels and roundtables, see the Sulaimani Forum 2023 website and click on “schedule”. Photographs: Photographs for the first day of the event can be viewed here and the second day here.

Sixth Sulaimani Forum brings leaders and experts to AUIS

  The sixth Sulaimani Forum took place March 6-7, 2019 at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) under the title “Iraq and Its Neighbors: Toward a New Regional Order.” This year’s event featured key policymakers, stakeholders, and experts from near and far for two days of thought-provoking debates and discussions on the most pressing issues facing the Middle East. Conversations moved beyond conflict analysis to explore factors necessary for stabilization, good governance, and economic growth in Iraq and the broader region.   This Forum featured high-level plenary sessions—conversations between senior international and national officials and experts that examined new regional economic, security, and political frameworks, all with a focus on Iraq. Discussions also focused on major challenges facing Iraq and how to address them: the youth population; energy infrastructure; private sector growth and investment; rehabilitation of liberated territories; water scarcity; and the protection and empowerment of minority religious and ethnic communities.   A number of policy roundtables were also held on the sidelines of the Forum, bringing together experts and officials to tackle specific issues such as private enterprise growth, Mosul reconstruction, and new developments among Iraq's security actors.   This year’s Forum welcomed H.E. Dr. Barham Salih, President of Iraq; Minister of Oil Thamir Al Ghadhban; Minister of Electricity Luay Al Khateeb; and Minister of Culture Abdulamir Al Hamdani, among other dignitaries and officials from the federal government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Jordanian Minister of Industry and Trade Tariq Hammouri joined the Forum for a discussion of regional economic cooperation, along with other regional officials such as former Secretary General of the Arab League Amre Moussa. The senior leadership of UNAMI, UNITAD, IFC, the World Bank, and major companies such as GE, Siemens, BP, Total and Chevron were also in attendance.   Experts such as The National's Mina Al Oraibi, USIP and the New Yorker’s Robin Wright, CNN and New America’s Peter Bergen, and others also participated in the Forum’s sessions in addition to ambassadors from a wide range of diplomatic representations to Iraq.
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